If you build it, they will come… and protest.

Posted on September 17, 2010 by

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Where it all began:

On the morning of September 11, 2001 two gloriously tall twin towers stood strong filled with workers of many different ethnicities and backgrounds.  The day was going normal just like any other, until 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial jet airliners crashing two of them into the twin towers of the world trade center.  Over 3,000 people lost their lives that day including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. (http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks)

This day will forever remain a tragic one in the history of America.  Although 9 years have already past since that dreadful morning, there is still much controversy and heated issues revolving around this tragic event.  Today, the spot where the towers once stood is known as ground zero, it holds only the memories of what once was.  For many people this is a memorial of that dark day, used to remember the large amount of civilians who lost their lives and families.

So what’s causing the very heated debate today?  The proposal of building a community center not on, but near the memorial site (ground zero).  (http://www.cracked.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/map2.jpg)

So why are people getting so upset?  It’s because this community center is planned to have a small portion containing a built-in mosque, where people can go to pray.   Surprisingly people have been getting so heated about the issue that protests, acts of violence, and public Koran burnings have all been taking place.  The protestors are arguing that building this mosque in the community center is insensitive to the victims of 9/11.

Video – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WaB2GH88js)

Me me me me me, don’t forget about me:

The debate has gained so much attention, that even Sarah Palin has been making comments about it directed toward President Obama.  She stated via her facebook,

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive “cross-cultural engagement” and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven’t they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren’t you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson’s generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven’t they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as “hallowed ground”? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.

– Sarah Palin

(http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/legitimate-questions-for-the-president/418811008434)

The response:

To answer Sarah Palin’s letter, president Obama stated on August 14, 2010,

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country”(http://abcnews.go.com/WN/president-obama-supports-building-mosque-ground/story?id=11401964)

Don’t worry big guy she’s stressing us all out too.

Although I don’t believe that president Obama should have to comment on this issue due to separation of church and state, I respect his response and highly agree with his position on the debate.

Video link to Obama’s statement (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/obama-mosque-ground-11400781)

When in doubt buy your way out:

Many of those who are against the community center are hoping that someone will step in and buy it so that the center cannot be built.  Many republicans have been looking toward the very rich and powerful Donald Trump to buy the site. (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/09/2010-09-09_ground_zero_mosque_opponents_hope_wealthy_ally_will_stop_the_project_donald_trum.html)

According to the business insider, Mr. Trump did in fact try to buy the site of the proposed project, but Hisham Elzanty, wouldn’t take less than 20 billion dollars, turning down Mr. Trump’s 6 billion dollar offer.  Mr. Trump stated in a CNBC interview, “He’s (Elzanty) a low level real estate guy without money, and he’s looking to flip it.”  “The market’s flat and he bought a property less than a year ago and he think it’s gone up four-to-five times as much as it was… I said the guys who sold it to you must have been stupid or something worse.” Do to the state of where the economy is at the moment Mr. Trump refuses to make a higher offer.  For now the community center is saved, as long as the community can continue to raise enough money to build it.  (http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-explains-why-the-ground-zero-mosque-developer-is-a-low-level-loser-2010-9)

Final thoughts:

At the end of the day, like it or not, America is and always will be a melting pot filled with many different ethnicities, cultures, and religions.  It’s one of the core pillars that make this country so amazing.  The day the twin towers burst into a blaze, collapsing and killing many people, it wasn’t just filled with white Christian protestants, it was filled with people of many different backgrounds and ethnicities including those of the Muslim faith.  Many of the people who are fighting against those terrorists, protecting our nation, our rights, and our freedoms are in fact American Muslim soldiers themselves.  If we don’t allow for this community center to be built we are only fighting against what the terrorist were trying to take from us in the first place, our freedom of religion, of speech, and to simply be who we choose to be.

U.S. Army specialist Zia Ulahaq, a Muslim, offers prayers during anti-Taliban operations in the Karky valley in Afghanistan’s Zabul province (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1936560,00.html)

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